Research course

Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Science

Entry requirements

You will need:a good honours degree in Psychology and GBC; a BPS Accredited MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology (or BPS Stage I Qualification), normally at merit level or higher; a suitable pre-determined placement (paid or voluntary). International students will also need an IELTS English language minimum score of 6.5. Further information: Please contact Dr Martin Eubank for further information about this professional doctorate: t: 0151 904 6240; e:

Months of entry


Course content

This Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University is designed to meet the requirements for BPS Stage Two training in Sport and Exercise Psychology and will lead to eligibility for registration with the HCPC. The course provides quality supervision and is underpinned by high-grade research activity.

  • This professional doctorate is available to study full time (2 years) and part time (4 years).
  • It has been designed to meet the requirements for British Psychological Society Stage 2 training in Sport and Exercise Psychology and the Standards of Education and Training of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Study in the award-winning Tom Reilly Building Building.
  • Look forward to career opportunities in Sport and Exercise Psychology professional practice and promotion, as well as education, teaching and research.

Sport and Exercise psychology is an exciting new discipline with growing opportunities for qualified professionals.

To become a Sport and Exercise Psychologist, you must have the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership from the British Psychological Society and fulfil a number of requirements.

  • Stage 1 training involves the satisfactory completion of an accredited Masters programme (we also offer this Masters at LJMU).
  • Stage 2 training includes two or more years spent acquiring a range of supervised skills connected with professional skills, interventions, consultancy, research, teaching and training (as facilitated through this course).

The programme is underpinned by a strong focus on equipping future Sport and Exercise psychologists for a range of professional scenarios.

The programme can be studied full or part time. Full time students must be enrolled for a minimum of two years to meet statutory training requirements. For part time students this is adjusted pro rata.

In keeping with the nationally agreed curriculum competences for Sport and Exercise psychologists, you will be developing your skills in teaching and training (education and dissemination), research, consultancy and demonstrating that you have the generic professional skills needed to qualify as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist. This is achieved through your own work-based learning experiences, taught sessions on the programme and extensive supervision

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 7
  • Planning Practice in Sport and Exercise Psychology: introduces the training and demonstrate planning skills.
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology Professional Practice Stage 2 competences are developed and expressed.
  • Reflection in Sport and Exercise Psychology: show your ability to reflect and meta-reflect on your training, and close the loop on your original plans from the very first month of training.

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

Information for international students

LJMU will be awarding a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University in September. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Please contact Faculty:

Faculty of Science
T: 0151 231 2888

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090